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Shows by street performers, Kakube-shishi lion dances, and antique train displays will be open for viewing in the Tsukigata main shopping area.

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Main Street of the shopping area, Tsukigata, Minami-ku,Niigata City

60 minutes by “Ajikata-sen Tukigata-yuki” buses from JR Niigata Station
15 minutes by car from the Maki-Katahigashi IC of the Hokuriku Expressway
25 minutes by car form the Sanjo-Tsubame IC of the Hokuriku Expressway


Recalling the legacy of the Sengoku-era war hero called “the dragon of Echigo” Uesugi Kenshin, who was associated with Tochio, festivities such as tea ceremony, judo competitions, sutra chanting, and sword dancing will be going on at Akiba Park.

Time: From 9:00 a.m.

Location: Joan-ji Temple, Akiba Park, and Tochio Gymnasium, 2 Yachi, Nagaoka City

Directions: 50 minutes to the “Chuo Koen-mae” bus stop on buses headed to “Tochio Shako-mae” departing from JR Nagaoka Station Ote Exit Bus Platform 11


The fireworks of the Katakai Festival have a history of 400 years. After the main event, see Japan’s largest firework: the yonshakudama. The night sky is painted with giant wheels in a way only the fireworks town of Katakai can do.

(Location) Katakai-machi, Ojiya City


Fall Festival in the Hachimangu shrine ground.
Food stalls, festival music, folk songs, and the valiant carrying of mikoshi (portable shrines) bring enthusiasm to new heights!!
A fireworks show will be held from 7:30p.m. to 9:00p.m. (as planned) on the 1st night of the festival, too.

1st day: From 3:30 p.m.
2nd day: From 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
(fireworks from 7:30 p.m.)
3rd day: From 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
(mikoshi (portable shrine) parade from 1:00 p.m.)

Hachimangu shrine ground, Uonuma City (formerly Horinouchi)

5 minutes by foot from JR Echigo Horinouchi Station
7 minutes by car from the Kanetsu Expressway Horinouchi IC


In the festival of dance, the Niigata Souodori, approximately 14,000 people from 300 organizations throughout Niigata and Japan participate to perform various genres of dance.

Venue:The intersection in Bandaicity, Chuo-ku, Niigata City and about 10 other venues


Searching for the 'town's treasures' around the village shops of the castle-town.
A festival exhibiting the folding screens and folk art which have been handed down from generations in the village shops of the flourishing castle town of Murakami. Enjoy and be entertained by village shops and appreciate the artistic beauty of many folding screens moving from door to door around the village.

Venue:Kyuchonin-machi area, Murakami City


The battle of clashing horns that unfurls at the bullfighting arena is a sight to see!
Period May 3rd to November 5th, 2017
Time Matches begin at 1:00 p.m.

Venue Ojiya Togyujo (Ojiya Bullfighting Area), Koguriyama, Ojiya City

Directions 15 minutes by car from JR Ojiya Station (Joetsu Line); shuttle buses will be available.
Shuttle buses will run from Sun Plaza in Ojiya City to the Togyujo via Ojiya Station.

Regular seat: 1,000 JPY (open air)
Special seat: 2,000 JPY (covered by a roof)


See the brave clashing of bulls that weight over a ton!
Yamakoshi is the only place on Honshu where you can see this traditional event.
Unlike Western bullfighting, no bulls are killed in Japanese bullfighting. Instead of facing humans, the bulls fight each other until one gets too tired to continue.
Period May 4th to November 3rd, 2017

Time Doors open at 10 a.m., matches begin at 1:00 p.m.
*will not be cancelled due to rain

Venue Yamakoshi Togyujo (Yamakoshi Bullfighting Arena), Nagaoka City

Directions 30 minutes by car from JR Nagaoka Station (Shinetsu Line)
30 minutes by car from the Ojiya IC on the Kanetsu Expressway

Cost 2,000 JPY per person
(Children younger than elementary school age are free if accompanying a parent or guardian.)
*Please bring a mat or tarp to sit on instead of a seat.


“Ayakomai,” a significant intangible folk cultural asset, is being performed at its traditional location.

Designated as a significant intangible folk cultural asset by the national government in 1976, the Ayakomai dance is performed publicly every year on the second Sunday in September at the square in front of the Ayakomai museum.

Date Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Time 12:30 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. (as planned)

Venue The square in front of the Ayakomai museum, Onadani, Kashiwazaki City
Directions 30 minutes by car from the Kashiwazaki IC of the Hokuriku Expressway


From ancient times, Niigata has had a strong connection with water and land as a port town and a major river town. This connection is the theme for the Water and Land Art Festival. Artists from around the world will display their artwork in the lower Shinano River area in the heart of Niigata City.

(Main location) Bandaijima former waterfront, 4 Bandaijima, Chuo-ku, Niigata City;
Shinano River Yasuragi-tei Embankment;
other areas in Niigata City

●By bus: Take a bus from platform 13 of the Bandai bus terminal in front of Niigata station to the Toki Messe bus stop, right by the location
●By car: 30 minutes from the Niigata Nishi IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
●By water bus: Take the Shinano River Water Shuttle to the Toki Messe Boat Landing, right by the location

Tickets:【Art Festival Passport】
●General admission: 2,000 yen (1,500 yen in advance)
●Discounts for students and senior citizens
●Free for junior high and elementary school students


The International Local Gourmet Foods Grand Prix, where traditional Niigata cuisine and the cuisine of the world come together in one place, is coming to Tokamachi City! Local mascots will also be attending. This year, there will be over 60 stalls!

Sep. 24 (Sat.)-25 (Sun.) 10:00AM-4:00PM
*Until sold out

Eki-dori Shoten-gai, in front of Tokamachi Station 1-min. walk from Tokamachi Station on the Hokuetsu Express Hokuhoku Line and the JR Iiyama Line
If you are coming from Tokyo, take the Joetsu Shinkansen to Echigo-Yuzawa Station where you will transfer to the JR Joetsu Line, transfer to the Hokuetsu Express Hokuhoku Line at Muikamachi Station, and get off at Tokamachi Station.


Incredible valor!
A troop of almost 100 young men will hasten up the steep, narrow incline to Tsuno Shrine. Caught up in the enthusiasm, carrying a float uphill, they are the very image of great strength and intensity.

Friday, September 16th to Sunday, September 18th, 2016

1st Day: Folk songs and music from 7:30 p.m4

2nd Day: Torch running from 6:30 p.m.
Running the float up to the shrine from 7:15 p.m.

3rd Day: Drum and flute band and brass band parade from 10:00 a.m.
Original mikoshi (portable shrine) parade from 2:00 p.m.
Running the float up to the shrine from 7:15 p.m.

From the center of Yoita to Tsuno Shrine

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